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Mayor Clarifies Jax Restaurant Guidelines During COVID-19 Precautionary Period

Sky Lebron
Mayor Lenny Curry (at microphone) and city officials update the public Tuesday afternoon on COVID-19 safety precautions.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry clarified the guidelines for restaurants Tuesday afternoon after the city and state issued slightly different mandates this week.

In Jacksonville, no more than 50 people can be in an establishment at any one time, while the state says businesses must be at no more than 50% capacity.

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Curry said businesses should follow whichever order is stricter, despite the hit to their bottom lines.  

“We know again, know this is an incredibly painful, incredibly disruptive economic disaster for many. We have to put the people of our city in our lives first,” the mayor said.

Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Tuesday to shut down all nightclubs and bars in the state for the next 30 days.

The definition of a bar is based on the percentage of money an establishment makes from the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Sky Lebron can be reached at, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter at @SkylerLebron.

Former WJCT News reporter